Taking a better look at new graduation rates in Jefferson County Public Schools

Due to the troubling rate of improvement in a large number of Persistently Low-Achieving Schools (PLAs) found in Jefferson County’s public schools, the entire school district has been under a microscope for some time. Concerns really started to ratchet up after the Kentucky Board of Education was told on February 6, 2013 that the worst…

KY Ed Commissioner tells how union contract blocks needed reforms in Louisville’s schools

The Leadership West Louisville Institute hosted one of their Lunch Forum Panel discussions today on the “Academic Genocide” going on in Louisville’s Persistently Low-Achieving Schools (PLAs). Panelist Terry Holliday, the Kentucky Commissioner of Education, got hit with what-if questions and came right back with some here’s-how-it-is answers. This is by far the strongest commentary yet…

US Department of Education trouncing states’ rights?

A new move by the US Department of Education to bypass state departments of education is stirring up squabbles within the education community. Education Week reports in “Arne Duncan Spars With State K-12 Chiefs Over District Waivers (Subscription?) that the latest No Child Left Behind waiver business, where waivers are granted directly to school districts…

Then there were 173 (school districts)

Another school district heads to the dust heap of consolidation following fiscal mismanagement that created irresolvable insolvency. The Wayne County Outlook reports the Monticello Independent School District breaths its last on Jun 30, 2013. Monticello is a tiny district with only 764 students per the latest 2012-13 fall membership counts. In 2012 Monticello’s 11th grade…

Auditor, Education Commissioner call for school superintendent data to be more transparent to taxpayers

  The Bluegrass Institute has pointed to serious problems with the transparency of information about public school superintendents for several years now with our Rewarding Failure expose. Our efforts are now being vindicated. In a press conference today, Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen and Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday called for greatly…

Kentucky gets more money to turn around Persistently Low-Achieving Schools

But, will this help Jefferson County? The US Department of Education just announced that Kentucky will get another $7.7 million to spend on improving the state’s Persistently Low-Achieving Schools (PLAs) under the federal government’s School Improvement Grant (SIG) program. US Ed’s announcement also claims: “Early findings show positive momentum and progress in many SIG schools,…